Seahawks lead Broncos 22-0 at halftime

11:47 PM, Feb 2, 2014   |    comments
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East Rutherford, NJ ( - Seattle rode its top-ranked defense to a big first-half lead in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday.

Peyton Manning and the top-ranked Denver offense? After a slow start, they got the Seahawks to bend a little, but Cliff Avril and Malcolm Smith made sure the defense didn't break.

Avril hit Manning on a throw and Smith intercepted the pass, returning it for a 69-yard touchdown that gave the Seahawks a 22-0 lead at halftime.

Seattle scored 16 points off Denver turnovers, including a safety 12 seconds into the game after the ball was snapped over Manning's head on the first play from scrimmage. It was the fastest score in Super Bowl history.

Manning threw two interceptions in the half -- both leading to Seattle touchdowns. Kam Chancellor's interception late in the first quarter set up Marshawn Lynch's 1-yard touchdown for Seattle.

Manning is attempting to become the first starting quarterback to lead two different franchises to a Super Bowl win.

The Broncos are 2-4 in six previous Super Bowls, winning back-to-back titles in 1998-99 behind quarterback John Elway, who is now the team's executive vice president of football operations.

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